The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.
(2-Year Contract until December 2024)
Position Location: Toronto Head Office – 22 St. Clair Avenue East
We are looking for a lawyer, reporting to our Director, Legal Services, to provide legal support and advice to Management and for identifying risks associated with their specific areas of law.
- Responsible to draft and negotiate contracts and agreements and ensure they meet the NWMO’s requirements and are in line with the NWMO’s business objectives.
- Advise on Indigenous law matters including governance, negotiate and draft long term agreements with indigenous communities for the hosting of the deep geological repository.
- Negotiate and draft agreements with municipal communities for the hosting of the deep geological repository.
- Understand and advise on implications of federal and provincial legislative and regulatory frameworks that will be relevant for the future phases of work at the NWMO including implications related to impact assessment, transportation, nuclear fuel waste and construction law.
- Recommend actions to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations within business constraints and contribute to developing creative solutions.
- Provide legal advice and strategic guidance, in a timely and organized manner, on labour relations matters and in support of the collective bargaining process.
- Collaborate with management to develop effective strategies on a variety of issues.
- Carry out research to keep up to date with legislative and case law developments and educate staff about new or updated requirements and regulations.
- Deal with complex matters with multiple stakeholders at all levels within the organization.
- Provide clarification and or interpretation to all employees and managers of language contained in contractual documents, standards and regulations, policies such as the code of conduct, collective bargaining agreements and other material containing legal or sensitive material.
- Perform other duties as required.
Qualifications and Experience
- LLB degree, member in good standing in the Law Society of Upper Canada
- A highly skilled Lawyer with at least 3 years’ experience and a proven ability to provide strategic advice within various areas of law including Indigenous Law matters.
- Experience in a major law firm or in-house legal team.
- A team player who inspires credibility and trust.
- The proven ability to give practical and reasoned advice in a timely and organized manner.
- The ability to understand business constraints and to contribute creative solutions.
- Proven ability to work effectively with decision makers and corporate staff.
- A strong interest in the role played by the NWMO in the power industry and the future success of the electricity industry in Ontario.
- Self-directed and motivated; performance and results driven.
- Accepts ownership and accountability and possesses a high level of integrity.
- Proven ability to develop and incorporate vision and strategy into department objectives and priorities.
- Possess good judgment and sound business acumen.
- Strong communication and presentation skills.
Must be eligible to work in Canada and must be able to meet security clearance requirements.
NWMO currently operates in a hybrid work model of 3 days in the office (Tuesdays being mandatory) and 2 days working from home.
We offer a competitive base salary and health care benefits package.
The NWMO is committed to contribute to Reconciliation in all our work by co-creating a shared future built on rights, equity and well-being. As an employment equity employer, the NWMO actively seeks Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, and additional diverse identities for our workforce. We will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodation, please contact us.